Community Relations Programs

A new role of the JCAW Foundation as a donation platform for the Community Relations, and the Japanese New Year Celebration in Washington

JCAW Foundation is independent of JCAW as an organization, but it conducts activities contributing to society in the greater Washington area (DC, MD, VA) and enhancing friendship and interactions with the society along with JCAW.

The difference between the JCAW Foundation and the JCAW is that the JCAW Foundation has received 501(c)(3) certification from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) as a non-profit organization contributing much to the public good.

The Community Relations, and the Japanese New year Celebration in Washington were the primary activities conducted by JCAW in the past. The JCAW tried to increase regional understanding of Japan, improve mutual understanding between Japan and America, and facilitate interactions between people in the region and JCAW members through the activities.

The Community Relations was a grant-making project, and provide support and cooperation for various regional groups which meet goals with respect to their concern for the public good, social consciousness, regionality (limited to the greater Washington area), association with Japan, non-political nature, and necessity.

The Japanese New Year Celebration in Washington was a handmade festival conducted by the JCAW, and was open to the public in the region and characterized as a crucial program to facilitate understanding of Japanese culture and customs for the cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and America and interactions between people in the region and JCAW members through the festival.

In reaffirming the importance of US-Japan alliance these days, we believe that it becomes more important for us to continue steady contributions to the society in the region such as education of Japanese, promotion of understanding of Japan (supports on Japanese cultural events), supports to the Non-Profit Organization for mutual support among Japanese and Japanese-Americans. Through these activities we truly hope that mutual understanding between the US and Japan will deepen and we can somewhat contribute to the society in the greater Washington area where we go on.

JCAW Foundation was founded when the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated Tohoku region in March 2011 and received donation from many people in the greater Washington area and sent the donation to Tohoku region. JCAW Foundation also received a lot of donation for the Cherry Blossoms Centennial Commemorative Project in 2012 and carried out the project. In the project being almost completed, the JCAW Foundation will be the platform for the Community Relations, and the Japanese New Year Celebration in Washington as well as the rest of the Cherry Blossoms Centennial Commemorative Project, and in this manner we will make a new start.

Of course, the JCAW will continue to provide general support and cooperation. Various events and activities will be carried out in the future by both the JCAW and JCAW Foundation.

Since JCAW Foundation has received 501(c)(3) certification from the IRS, those of you who made contributions for preferential tax treatment (a tax break) within the scope of the law. We look forward to your continued support.

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